Man charged after tattooing two young girls at his mobile home

A Columbus man was jailed Friday after he was accused of tattooing two 14-year-old girls at a mobile home off Joy Road, police said.

David Ham, 30, was arrested about 4 p.m. and held at the Muscogee County Jail. He was charged with two misdemeanor counts of tattooing minors and one count each of violation of probation, obstruction of a police officer and loitering. He pleaded innocent to the tattooing charges during a 2 p.m. Saturday hearing in Recorder’s Court. Bond was set at $2,700 on the two charges.

Under Georgia law, tattooing of anyone under age 18 is prohibited by anyone other than a licensed osteopath or technician acting under the direct supervision of a licensed physician or osteopath.

The mother of one of the girls left the courtroom looking for more answers in what she described as mutilation.

“I can’t see anyone mutilating a child like that,” said the mother who did not want her name printed because her daughter is a minor. “That really angers me. I could see if it was a little small tattoo. It was very large.”

Without her knowledge, the mother said a family friend took both girls to the mobile home where Ham allegedly performed the tattoos Tuesday down the side of the girls’ bodies. The friend, who recently had a tattoo, suggested a message from the sixth chapter of Ephesians in the Bible: “Honour thy father and mother.”

The mother said the tattoo also includes her name, the girl’s father and a heart. “It’s so big. It’s not appropriate for a 14-year-old child even if she had gotten it,” she said.

The tattoo cost her daughter $17. The mother said her son has a tattoo and he said it would have cost more than $100 at a licensed tattoo parlor.

In the days ahead, the mother said she’s still concerned about her daughter’s health.

“She will have to have shots and checks for three years to make sure she doesn’t have hepatitis,” she said. “She doesn’t know if it was a dirty needle or what.”

The mother said she will push for more charges to be filed if the family friend doesn’t apologize for directing the girls to get an illegal tattoo.

“If you saw that tattoo, that would make you sick,” she said. “I couldn’t believe it.”
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